Warren Gatland has been there and done it – Alex King glad he is in Wales’ camp
Alex King has underlined the importance of Wales boss Warren Gatland’s presence and proven track record heading into Sunday’s Rugby World Cup clash against Australia.
Wales are heading towards a fourth successive World Cup quarter-final appearance under Gatland, and will be odds-on to win Pool C if they topple the Wallabies.
Australia, in contrast, are staring at group stage elimination for the first time in World Cup history if they lose as Gatland goes up against Wallabies head coach and former England chief Eddie Jones.
“I played under him (Gatland) at Wasps and we had some big European games,” Wales assistant coach King said.
“This is his fifth World Cup (four with Wales and one as Ireland head coach), and I don’t think any other coach has done five World Cups.
“He understands when to push the players and coaches, and when to pull back. Then he lets the players lead as the week develops.
“He is a very experienced coach and it is great for us to have him around us.
“It’s a massive game, let’s not shy away from that, and Warren has been there and done it, whether it’s European Cups, Six Nations or British and Irish Lions tours. I am glad he’s in our camp.”
Australia’s 22-15 defeat against Fiji has left them teetering on the brink of an early exit.
Wales, in contrast, have 10 points from two games, which is a record that only Ireland can match among any other team in the competition.
“They (Australia) will be hurting a little bit after the weekend. We understand that it is pretty much do-or-die for them,” King added.
“We understand in a massive game against Australia we have to take our chances.
“If we stick to what we are good at and are accurate, then we will put in a good performance. That is the plan for Sunday.
“We will look to